ELTON JOHN & HIS BAND
'ONCE IN A LIFETIME' CONCERT DETAILS
For The First Time Ever…
WOLLONGONG – Sunday 24 September, WIN Stadium
Tickets on sale on Tuesday 14 March
“Elton played and sang awesomely, with gale-force gusto. Lord knows how many times he's performed these songs, but somehow he still manages to sound as if he means every word of them.” -- The Telegraph UK
Promoter Michael Chugg today announced that music icon Sir Elton John and his band are adding an extra date to his Australian Once In A Lifetime concert tour. Sir Elton will deliver a Greatest Hits set from a career spanning five decades at Wollongong's WIN Stadium on Sunday 24 September. Elton John has never before performed in Wollongong and this will be the only New South Wales show on this tour. Wollongong’s exceptional venue set right on the ocean is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque concert venues in Australia – A first time event for regional New South Wales and the biggest music concert to ever be hosted at WIN Stadium.
The Wollongong concert is in addition to two very special nights in North Queensland with shows at Mackay’s BB Print Stadium on Friday 22 September and Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Saturday 30 September.
Promoter Michael Chugg said, “Elton loves to play new venues and this first for Wollongong will be a spectacular event.”
In the 50th Anniversary Year of the Elton John / Bernie Taupin writing partnership, Sir Elton will entertain audiences at outdoor venues that he has never before played.
Sir Elton John said “I always love coming back to Australia. It holds a very special place in my heart. My band and I are really looking forward to playing there again in September and this tour will be even more memorable because it will be the first time I have ever played Wollongong. If the audience in The Gong is anything like those at all of the other shows we have done in New South Wales over the years, everyone will surely be in for a wonderful night!”
“He plays his audience as deftly as his piano, going up and down the scale of emotion
with complete control and with resounding results” - Variety
17 October, 1971 marked Elton John’s first performance in Australia when he appeared at Subiaco Stadium, Perth. Having played 186 concerts across the country to in excess of 1.5 million people, Elton John makes a triumphant return to the country that has welcomed him for many years.
The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his highly acclaimed album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which celebrated its 40th anniversary with a Deluxe Edition.
Elton John’s band includes Nigel Olsson on drums, part of Elton's original three-piece band, as well as musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band in a year later) on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.
Undeniably one of the most acclaimed and adored artists of all time, Elton’s spectacular stage shows are sought after by audiences worldwide. Since his career began in 1969 Elton has played more than 4,000 concerts in over 80 countries.
Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, as well as 58 Billboard Top 40 singles in the United States, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, Candle in the Wind 1997, which sold 33 million copies, as well as for most appearances on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, with his most recent single A Good Heart (from 2016’s Wonderful Crazy Night) marking his 72nd entry. He has also written the music for stage and screen successes Billy Elliot: The Musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, and The Lion King, which was named the highest-grossing stage show or film release in the world.
Among the many awards and honours bestowed upon him are five Grammys, a Grammy Legend award, a Tony and an Oscar, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 12 Ivor Novello Awards and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.” Elton was named the first recipient of the BRITs Icon Award, which recognizes the very highest level of British music achievement, presented only to iconic artists whose writing, recording and performances set them apart as having made a lasting impact on the nation’s culture.
Sir Elton John’s Once in a Lifetime tour is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar in partnership with the Mackay Regional Council and the Cairns Regional Council.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest pop musicians in spectacular form when Elton John returns to Australia this September.
ELTON JOHN 'ONCE IN A LIFETIME' EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN CONCERTS
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Friday 22 September – BB Print Stadium
Sunday 24 September – WIN Stadium
Saturday 30 September – Cazaly's Stadium
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